Situated in the outskirts of the city, Perth Airport serves as the main gateway for the capital of Western Australia. It is one of the country’s busiest airports today given the significant increase in passenger growth; and manages flights to and from both international and domestic destinations. Before its operations as a commercial airport today, the land was used for military purposes particularly during the Second World War. Only in 1944, under the name of Guildford Aerodrome, did the airport resume full civilian management. However, amenities and facilities were basic, leading to an overhaul in 1952 with the airport being rechristened Perth International Airport. Currently, the airport is 17km away from the city centre, and will require approximately 30 minutes of travelling time to get to either destination.
Today, the airport is organised into four central terminals, as well as a smaller terminal for its charter flights. Terminal 1 receives all international flights from around the world, such as Singapore Airlines, AirAsia, Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific. On the other hand, Terminals 2, 3 and 4 handle its domestic and certain regional operations, catering to mostly local airlines such as Alliance Airlines, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar. While all four terminals share the common two runway system, they are not located within proximity of each other; Terminals 1 and 2 are situated separately from Terminals 3 and 4 by Dunreath Drive. Therefore, passengers should pay extra attention to reconfirming the terminal they are supposed to be in, as some airlines fly in and out across more than one terminal.
Commuting between all four terminals is made possible by the airport’s provision of a complimentary shuttle bus. This service is in operation all around the clock, and every day of the week. During the day, passengers can board any of the buses which will service each terminal three times per hour.
Services and Facilities
At Perth International Airport, passengers will be kept entertained while waiting for their next flight out. To enhance the convenience and comfort of all passengers, the airport has provided a myriad of services and facilities. First and foremost, passengers have WiFi access throughout Terminals 1, 2 and 3 with any supporting devices. The airport is also home to a range of lounges exclusive to members of certain airlines who may proceed to pamper themselves prior to boarding their flights. Also, last-minute duty-free shopping is also available at Terminal 1, but do take note of the limits each passenger is entitled to bring into the country.
Perth Airport also boasts a unique feature: an outdoor viewing platform found on Dunreath Drive where passengers may watch the runway come to life as planes take off and land right before their eyes. Airline enthusiasts may also have fun identifying the different carriers and plane types as they whiz past.
Other general amenities include baggage services and storing facilities, first aid and medical assistance, banking facilities and ATM machines, printing and faxing facilities, postage services, information desks, as well as showering facilities in Terminal 1 for passengers to freshen up before departing on their next journey. Dining options are also in abundance across Terminals 1, 2 and 3; ranging from fast food to gourmet menus so as to cater to all taste buds.
For any further assistance, passengers may feel free to approach any volunteers who will be able to personally help you with your enquiries, making sure that your experience at Perth Airport is nothing short of impeccable.
Airport or nearby transit hotels
Multiple accommodation across the budget range is available within the hotel’s vicinity and may provide complimentary shuttle to and from the airport. Some highly recommended lodgings found within 3km of the airport’s premises are the Airport Apartments, Ellard Bed and Breakfast, and Assured Ascot Quays Apartment Hotel.